Cape to Cape Track: Section 3 – Boranup/Trig Hill Lookout to Contos Campground

In November 2018, we planned and completed three sections of the Cape to Cape Track. This is the third post in the series which gives an overview of our day walk from Trig Hill lookout to Contos. Read about our previous walks from Cape Naturaliste to Yallingup and Moses Rock to Yallingup.

In comparison to our second walk, the third section of our Cape to Cape adventure was a breeze. According to the map, there was a steep incline to get back to Contos but the remainder of the walk was relatively flat and shaded. It was going to be a warmer day so we were glad to have the towering trees as shelter for most of the way.

We have camped at both Contos and Boranup before an the forest is one of our favourite locations. It’s such dense, quiet forest with a background rush of leaves and not much else. I was looking forward to completing this section as it was a contrast from our previous two days along the coast.

We started at a well-hidden lookout, with a small platform you can climb up. At the top, you can see across the Boranup Forest and over to the coast, giving you an idea of the area’s vastness. The Trig Hill lookout is on the map, but is sometimes called Boranup Hill lookout and easily confused with Boranup lookout (a different and further away location).

Track lined with trees
Heading into the forest.

After checking out the view, we headed downhill into the forest and enjoyed a gentle trail. The Track for the majority of our walk today was mostly flat, firm and well-signed.  There were plenty of opportunities to spot orchids and wildflowers as well as the abundant birdlife flitting about in the trees. We saw blue wrens, black cockatoos and even some Western Rosellas (a treat although they weren’t going to let us take their photo).

Cape to Cape track in Boranup forest
The Track through Boranup.

At one section, we walked through the Point Road campground, which we had driven through before when exploring in the Landy. It always looks like a great campground and it was again vacant. Similar to Contos, there are firepits and picnic tables and a longdrop. One to put on our to-visit list and a spot to keep in mind if you want a quiet hideaway amongst the trees (and don’t mind the occasional Cape to Caper wandering past).

Towards the last couple of kilometres, the Track came out into more open scrub land and there was one downhill section on loose rock (although nothing like the killer downhill section near Smiths Beach).

It wasn’t far in the open scrub before we turned off and made our way upwards. We trekked uphill knowing we were now on the last part of our walk. It was lunchtime and the time had passed so quickly today. The Track in this section was heavily textured by snake, lizard and other animal trails. We followed a snake trail up the hill but never saw its source.

The Track was quite wide at this point and we kept an eye on what was ahead, which isn’t always easy when you’re walking uphill and watching where to put your feet. My eyes were tracking from left to right, watching for any sign of wildlife, when…

Monitor lizard
Watch where you put your feet!

Murray was closest and, uncharacteristically, was not looking where he was going and, instead, glancing over his shoulder to see the view. He was also about to walk within a foot of the monitor lizard. Eek! I spotted it and, perhaps not in the calmest voice, told Murray to look out.

Murray back tracked and the lizard watched us with curiosity. Once he decided we weren’t going to step on him (nor, thankfully, that we were a tree) he ambled off into the scrub. Fortunately, he wasn’t flighty as I have seen them take off at racehorse speed if they sense danger.

We made it to the top with no further sightings of critters. The picture below is a little deceiving. We didn’t walk the whole of the track shown. The Cape to Cape joins about half way.

View of bush track from top of a hill
View at the top.

As we ventured over the crest, there was Contos right in front of us. The walk had gone so quickly and it was over.

This section went fast but was rich with experience. Boranup Forest is beautiful and whilst everyone should stop at the tourist lookout along Caves Road, venturing further into the bush provides a much richer experience. It would be stunning anytime of year but wildflower season would bring it alive.

As we walked back to the car and returned to camp, it was a little sad to know our Cape to Cape trip was over. It was a great experience and one that’s easily tailored to what you want to achieve, see and do. Whether you want half day or day walks or camp along the way, the Track accommodates it all so get planning!

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